Senior Graphic Designers Add Meaning to Final Projects – Grand Valley Lanthorn


GVL / Marie Racette
GVL / Marie Racette
GVL / Marie Racette
GVL / Marie Racette

The final semester of five graphic design students at Grand Valley State University was devoted to creating senior projects that hold purpose and meaning and showcase the skills they have developed throughout. university.

Seniors Jacob Battle, Hayley Belcuore, Caileigh Bigger, Arien Middlebrooks and Viviana Rubio exhibited their work in the GVSU Art Gallery from November 15-18. The gallery was called “Reflect: Seeking Perspective Through Design”.

The seniors were guided in their projects by Professor Lindsey Peterson. Battle said they were free to express themselves through their projects and were encouraged to create a message with their work.

“We spent a lot of time refining our ideas and making our own personal messages that we wanted to convey clearly,” Battle said.

The projects this semester varied in subject matter and style. Students explored topics such as black culture, immigration, and personal emotions. Each project reflects students’ unique interests in graphic design.

Battle has created his own clothing brand in partnership with national parks to show different data that represents the effects of climate change in parks. The aesthetics of its brand are reminiscent of the 60s and 70s.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the outdoors and travel, and another of my interests is clothing and fashion design,” Battle said. “So I wanted to marry the two and create a clothing line inspired by national parks.

Battle said he was very proud of having succeeded in creating his own cohesive brand.

Belcuore took a different approach for its final project and developed a mobile app that created an interactive smartphone experience for museums. The app is called History Hunt and is a full prototype so it can be seen as if it were real.

As students prepare to graduate, they reflect on the time they spent studying graphic design at GVSU.

“I think I feel ready (to graduate) because throughout the program there have been so many different projects and experiences that really cover what I think is the full range of what I’m going to experience. in the real world, ”Bataille said.

Battle and Belcuore both said they believe their graphic design teachers, Peterson and Vinicius Lima, have helped them grow as designers.

“This is the first semester that I’ve had (Peterson) but I really appreciate her input and her opinions and I’m constantly thinking about ways not to disappoint her,” Belcuore said. “I think she’s very good at connecting with students, so I think she really helped me with my GVSU experience.”

Of all the classes in the Graphic Design program, Battle and Belcuore agreed that their most impactful course was “3D for Graphic Design,” which is an elective course that focuses on the mechanics of packaging.

“This course cemented what I really loved about graphic design and my interests in packaging,” Battle said.

Battle and Belcuore are among five graduate students presenting their work. These students have spent the last semester creating projects that they are proud to share.

The gallery ended with a reception on November 18. In attendance were the graduate students, their teachers and a number of other people who came to support them.

“It’s a little new, because it was so different last year, for our seniors and for their shows,” said Professor Lindsey Peterson. “That we can have it in person and regain a sense of normalcy while taking steps to ensure it’s a safe experience for everyone, is exciting. “


Clifton L. Boyd